I recently read an article that really made me stop and think about how much technological innovation we’ve seen over the last 10 years. When you look back at what we were able to do in 2003 compared to the technology we have access to now, it is astonishing! The article I read was from 2009, so the author’s ten year frame of reference was a little different than comparing ten years from 2013. Either way you look at it, we have certainly come a long way from where we were. The author of the article gave numerous examples of what life was like ten years ago (from 2009) in a way that makes the past seem barbaric. For instance, he states:
- 10 years ago today, my computer was a Compaq laptop that weighed more than my dog, had barely any storage or RAM, and had a screen that was only slightly brighter than an Etch-A-Sketch.
- 10 years ago today, I was still driving to my local video store to rent movies, and some of them were on VHS tapes.
- 10 years ago today, I was still backing up files on 3 1/2 inch floppy disks. I had boxes full of those things.
You get the idea. Anyway, while thinking about the amount of progress we as human beings have made, you also have to think about the way we look at our own progress. The point of the piece I created was to point out the fact that we can often times worship and idolize our technological innovation. I was hoping to give a George Orwell, “1984” type of feeling to the piece.
(“In Jobs We Trust” – charcoal and acrylic on canvas)
The idea isn’t to demonize progress or even the technological advancements we’ve made over the last decade. There is nothing wrong with the innovation and growth, until we start worshiping our creations and making them idols.